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Fr. James Gaynor, 50th Anniversary


Fr. James “Santiago” Gaynor, a native of Dover, Ind., was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been a missionary to Chile and Peru for over 30 years.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are pleased to announce the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. James Gaynor, C.PP.S.

Fr. Gaynor, 77, a native of Dover, Ind., entered the society in 1957 and was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been a missionary to Chile and Peru for over 30 years.

After his ordination, Fr. Gaynor served for a year as assistant pastor at St. Anthony Church in Detroit before he volunteered for the Society’s Chilean Mission. In 1977, he returned to the United States where he was named to the pastoral care department of the Maria Joseph Living Center in Dayton, Ohio. In 1980, he began ministry to the Hispanic population of the Dayton area. In the same year, he was named director of special formation for the Cincinnati Province.

Fr. Gaynor returned to the missions in 1984, when he traveled to Peru. There, he has served as director of the Peruvian Mission, as pastor of San Francisco de Borja parish in Lima, Peru, and in parish ministry in Sondorillo, Peru. Currently, he lives in the C.PP.S. house of formation in Lima, where he serves informally as “grandfather” to the candidates for priesthood.

Fr. Gaynor’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of 11 other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati Province, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on June 30 at St. Charles Center.

“We look to these priests and brothers who are celebrating their anniversaries this year as examples of those who have faithfully listened to God's call,” said Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director. “They have said ‘yes’ to that call, and that in turn has led them to minister to the people of God in many ways, in many places. Their lives of service inspire us all.”



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